Lyrically Evocative (18)

Almost four years ago, I chose this song for inclusion in my series of ‘Significant Songs’. It was number 54, of a series that has now run to 201 posts. At the time, I suggested that the lyrics were worth examining, so it seems appropriate to include them here. Even though it was released as recently as 1991, the song had a big impact on me at the time, and the sentiments contained in it still resonate with me today.

This is an excerpt from my January 2015 post.

In 1991, Crowded House released their third record, the album ‘Woodface’. This was to be their breakthrough record in the UK, and contained five tracks which were released as singles, to much acclaim. As well as the mournful ‘Four Seasons In One day’, there was the great song ‘It’s Only Natural.’ It also contained this song, about devotion, and unrequited love. The lyrics are worth reading on their own, and together with the music, make up one of the most complete yet unusual love songs ever written.

Here are the lyrics.

Fall at Your Feet
Crowded House

I’m really close tonight
And I feel like I’m moving inside her
Lying in the dark
An’ I think that I’m beginning to know her
Let it go
I’ll be there when you call
And whenever I fall at your feet
You let your tears rain down on me
Whenever I touch your slow turning pain
You’re hiding from me now
There’s something in the way that you’re talking
Words don’t sound right
But I hear them all moving inside you
Go, I’ll be waiting when you call
And whenever I fall at your feet
You let your tears rain down on me
Whenever I touch your slow turning pain
The finger of blame has turned upon itself
And I’m more than willing to offer myself
Do you want my presence or need my help
Who knows where that might lead
I fall
Whenever I fall at your feet
You let your tears rain down on me
Whenever I fall
Whenever I fall

Songwriters: Neil Mullane Finn
Fall at Your Feet lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

And here is the band, singing them.

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